International Activities Committee Report, Fall 2016

The committee continues its efforts to promote issues on global education by organizing or co-sponsoring programs both nationally and internationally. At the San Diego ACS Meeting the committee heard a presentation from Bradley Miller, from the ACS International Activities Committee, who told us about some of their initiatives. In particular, the ACS asks us to consider partnering with several internationally involved people: US Patriot ACS members (ACS members who live in foreign countries), foreign graduate students and postdocs who live/work in the US, as well as US graduate students who intend to study abroad. It was noted that the ACS has funds to pay graduate student expenses for 10 week research experiences in foreign countries. The graduate advisor can also be paid to travel to the country for an oversight visit. Another suggestion to assist us with reaching a more global population was to cross-list our symposia with other divisions. Brad reminded us that the Global Innovation Grants (GIG) are still operative and he encouraged us to apply. The ACS has a funding request process which could include some innovative outreach efforts to foreign chemical societies. He highlighted how the Festival de Quimica program had grown from one such request and he advised us to submit others. The Atlantichem (similar to Pacifichem but for countries sharing an Atlantic border) project is fully underway with a theme of nanomaterials and chem/bio interfaces. A CHED proposal which fit into the conference themes may be included. Finally, Brad mentioned that his office has “stopover” grant money to pay for people who are already traveling to a foreign country to stop in between and present at another conference.

DivCHED IUPAC representative Marcy Towns discussed her experiences at the Busan, Korea IUPAC meeting. She discussed her work on the mole redefinition committee. She will attend the Malaysian IUPAC meeting just prior to the Philadelphia ACS meeting. It appears that IUPAC is interested in starting a new chemistry education journal based on practice more than research. The next IUPAC meeting will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil July 9th-14th, 2017.

DivCHED IAC has sponsored and supported several initiatives in the last year. Santiago Sandi-Urena and Norbert Pienta attended the 2016 CLAQ meeting in Concepcion, Chile in January. This was the second time this conference has asked us to send DivCHED members. A second initiative occurred when the DivCHED IAC and the International Activities Office of ACS sent an ACS Chem. Ed. contingent to the 39th Reuinao Anual da Sociedade Brasileria de Quimica in Goiania, Brazil from May 30th to June 2nd, 2016. In attendance were Charles Atwood, Resa Kelly, Marcy Towns, and Norbert Pienta. In early June 2016, Atwood, Kelly, Pienta, and Tom Bussey attended the Simposia do Quimica in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba where they each gave presentations at an Ernest Eliel Symposium. DivCHED has been invited to return to all three countries/conferences for future interactions.

Resa Kelly and Charles Atwood partnered with Joel Harris of the ANYL Division and were awarded an Innovative Projects Grant from the ACS to hold a workshop for Cuban chemists and educators in April, 2017 at the University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City, UT. Plans are for 8 to 10 Cuban chemists to fly to Salt Lake City where presentations and discussions will focus on the teaching and practice of General and Analytical chemistry with an emphasis on laboratory learning. Kelly and Atwood were also awarded a GIG award to develop the DivCHED IAC as a consultant for assisting international guests with connecting and collaborating with DivCHED members. An online form was created and is available on our newly remodeled website.

At the San Diego ACS meeting the committee sponsored the symposium, “Chemistry Education: International and Multi-cultural perspectives” co-organized by Sonali Raje and Sarah Hansen which had a total of total of 9 papers presented. Next spring, this symposium will be co-organized by Sarah Hansen, Charlie Cox and Wendy Schatzberg at the San Francisco ACS meeting in 2017. In addition to inviting international and multicultural perspectives, they will also encourage former IAC travel award winners to present their experience from winning the award and attending international conferences.

The 2016 CHED-IAC International Travel Award was awarded to Michael Dianovsky of South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Mike will attend the ECRICE Conference in Barcelona, Spain September 7-10, 2016. He will present two papers. Mike will present a report at the San Francisco ACS meeting and also share his experience on the DivCHED IAC webpage.

Resa Kelly worked with Division Executive Assistant Heather Johnson to update the IAC website - New items are: Connection to an electronic form to foster collaboration with international researchers and others interested in Chemical Education, blogs from our IUPAC representative, Marcy Towns, and from award winners – Carmen Valdez Gauthier and Mike Dianovsky. We are also showcasing photos from our international meetings that our members attend such as The Canadian Society for Chemistry meeting, ACS-SBQ and SCQ- ACS, and international activities that involve collaboration between our members and researchers from other countries.

CHED Travel Award
The award is designed to support a DivCHED member who attends and fully participates in an international chemical education conference held outside the U.S. Preference is given to junior and/or under-represented faculty members who have not had the opportunity to attend an international meeting in chemical education. Information about the travel award and deadlines can be found at If you or someone you know meet the criteria please encourage them to apply, the deadline for the submission of application for the 2017 CHED Travel Award is November 30th, 2016.

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